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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

If you had to pick, which did you enjoy more: the trip to the show, with its joyful anticipation harkening back to the days before Christmas (for those of alternate faiths, feel free to substitute the appropriate relegious day of celbration here) when you counted the seconds until you found out if the shiny boxes contained the much hoped for toys you wished for all year; the gathering of family, some travelling long distances, catching up on each other's life, re-connecting and exchanging gifts?
Or was it the time after the show, when you milled about with fellow concert-goers, some total strangers, sharing in the communal after-glow, talking about what you had just experienced and feeling like everyone around you was in the exact same spiritual place, one source of energy that surrounded everyone and bound you all together?
Hard for me to pick as both were very special and are what I still treasure most about my time on the Bus. In the vein of the Christmas analogy, the gift under the tree that I overlooked in my early days that I now treasure most is that of this family. What Jerry and the Boys created and nutured over 30 years is still with us and kept alive through the sharing of their music. They say you can't go home again? I don't think any of us ever really left to begin with, not as long as the music has been there.


OK, just had to get that off my chest. Anyone want to start posting random nonsense at this point is cool with me.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

I remember the anticipation of going to a new show after not seeing them for a while was pretty intense and fun but after a few shows the night life afterwards was where it was at for me. Also it sometimes depended on the venue. I remember later some places trying to kick you out as soon as the show was over which made for a less than relaxed scene to say the least.

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Poster: darkeyes Date: Oct 5, 2007 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

My most memorable time was taking the "magic bus". It was a local radio station promotion from Harrisburg Pa to East Rutherford. So, no one had to drive. This bus to me was the "ship of fools". Smokin' and drinking Beck's Dark before we even left the parking lot. My buddy and I had the bright idea of ingesting "Mr. Fungi and ehhh, why not some blotter art. Talk about stars falling from the sky during Attics of My life was insane. It was just an awesome time introducing some of my friends to their first Dead show. I had more fun watching them have fun.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

Trips to shows seem more memorable for me . . .
Hitchhicking from VT up to Orono Maine and sleeping under a bunch of Pinetrees at night cause noone would stop, we eventually made it to the show and got tix for pretty cheap. Riding in the back of a pick-up drinking beer from LI to RFK.

One memorable after show was Foxboro and we could not find some of our friends, we finally decided to split around 5 or 6 AM and we stopped at the first breakfast joint we found and lo and behold our two friends were working in the kitchen to pay off the food they ate - the owner of the place was half out of his mind having been at work for 24 hours serving various forms of deadheads - it was definitely pretty damn funny; the owner was yelling at our pals to work harder and telling them they didn't know what they were doing while our friends just howled with laughter . . .it was all very surreal.

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

Getting to the show was always a lot of fun. Usually really intense and sometimes stessful, but always an adventure. My most special memories always seem to be of hanging after the show. Enjoying the glow and relaxing in the buzzzzzzz. One of the most famous lines in our circle of friends comes from a post show hangout... Some friends had to leave Hampton and drive back to Greensboro (about a 4-5 hour trip) for work the next morning. As they were discussing leaving, one turns to the other and asked "Ready to go?". The reply... "Sure. Just let me drink one more beer to sober up for the ride." Classic.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 5, 2007 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

Something similar happened to me after the last night at Oxford Speedway in 88. We were all pretty tired and drained by the end of things and had to get back to Boston that night. On the way back to the car we were discussing who among us was awake enough to drive (all coming down off some good blotter)when I reached in my pocket and found an extra tab and handed it to a friend. We looked at him and the tab, saying "Well, I guess in about 20 minutes that'll be you."

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

I used to love the late night drives after shows. We always tried to put a little distance between us and the last town and some of the best mind trips were during these late night journeys. The visuals were always entertaining.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Oct 5, 2007 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

The shows live on in audio. The memories only live on in the shared skulls of my friends. My favorite shows were always the runs at Alpine. If anyone out there remembers East Troy, you'll remember that the vista from the Hill was way off into the distance. The boys usually started in the afternoon. On this particular show, way off in the distance we could see a storm coming. Of course we were treated to Bobby's lush voice on a miraculous Looks Like Rain, as the storm came on. It was one of those amazing summer storms when the skies simply opened. After this typhoon (ok, not a real typhoon, I know!) we made it back to the car, and all piled into one small hotel room. Laughing, and working off the dregs of the chemicals.

I'll never forget it. Lynda, Josh, Mark, Mark, Dale, all you guys will always be there in my head. A lot of time goes on between when we see each other, but very often, I think of you...

M

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Poster: BlueMtnMan Date: Oct 5, 2007 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

For me it was the pre-show anticipation. Like we needed an excuse to party, but the local clan would gather a week or two before the show for appropriate attitude adjustment. Pull out all the Dead we had and with various attitude adjusting substances proceed to stoke up the fires of anticipation. Then, the purchasing of the necessary supplies for the day of the show. Like we were on a mission, gotta to be ready for the Boys. Finally, gathering for the caravan the day of the show, being so stoked. My fondest memory is driving up to DC for the '73 show with the Allmans and meeting up with friends from NJ & PA. There were at least 40 of us gathered under our freak flag just to the left and rear of the soundboard that incredibly hot day. A 14 hour dose of the best music on the planet. How I drove the 5 hours back home after the show is a miracle in itself.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Oct 5, 2007 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Getting There Half the Fun? (warning: serious rambling to follow)

"necessary supplies" I like that. There was almost a checklist you ran through before each trip:
Tickets? Check.
Gas money? Check.
"Other" money? Check.
Hat? Check.
Hacky Sack? Check.
Favorite pipe? Check.
Papers? Check.
Favorite tapes? Check.
Car keys? Check.
...and so on. This check list was also repeated during the show when bugging and heaven forbid one of the items was not located.